With advertising and design companies hand-picking graduates year on year for further training. The demand for our technically capable and highly creative Graphic Designers is also high in the clothing, apparel and package design industries.
Our Diploma of Graphic Design will show you how to bring your creativity to life with an intense production-based 36 week course, built around industry-standard computer software – Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat). You’ll also become accomplished in the technical requirements of production and prepress, giving you an edge over other graphic design graduates.
The course is led by a team of tutors who are also design specialists in their own right. The team’s passion for graphic design and nurturing talent is absolute, and they’re bound to pass it on to you too.
The Diploma of Graphic Design includes a strong focus on industry live projects and culminates in a major technical production where you’ll work on your individual portfolio, perfecting your creative pieces from throughout the course. Your graphic design portfolio becomes your personal advertisement to the industry, which will accompany you as you search for that all-important first job. Good luck!
Graduates from the Graphic Design course could expect to find employment opportunities primarily in the following areas:
- Graphic Designer
- Mac Operator
- Graphic Artist
- Layout Artist
- Pre-press Specialist
- Photo Retouching Specialis
You’ll start with a week’s introduction on foundation design skills before launching into Adobe Photoshop.
Now it’s onto Adobe Illustrator for seven weeks, where you’ll learn that it’s more than just a drawing programme. A one-week concentrated session on Photoshop and Illustrator follows, just ahead of starting the Adobe InDesign programme.
InDesign and your mid-year portfolio
Seven weeks of Adobe InDesign is followed by a one-week ‘live project’ session called Studio Week in which external clients deliver their brief to teams who then present their design concepts to the client. Following this you have two weeks to pull together your mid year portfolio, where you’ll show off all your new skills and creativity.
Industry application and your end-of-year portfolio
You’re now on the home stretch but you’ll still be learning and refining your skills. This section includes: a one week to recap your technical skills and four weeks of Industry Application (applying the sum total of your learning to-date). You’ll also cover three weeks of Production to work on personal projects (for inclusion in your final portfolio. Then it’s time for business with two weeks to put together your end-of-course portfolio – pull out all the stops to come out with a well presented portfolio of your design to set you up for the real world, outside of Media Design School.
18 years (International)
You should have a design/art background and basic computer knowledge. No previous experience with graphical software is required, but knowledge of Photoshop is helpful.